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Imagine that: what would you do with one day as lighting royalty?


Ten years ago, as part of the IES Centennial celebration, LD+A waved a magic wand and transformed an eclectic mix of lighting professionals into "lighting czars" for 24 hours. Charged with the power to change one thing about the industry during their reign, the designers, manufacturers and academics called for streamlined manufacturing, better education, and bans on product substitutions and footcandle meters.

Mark Corcoran of OSRAM Sylvania requested business transactions be recorded electronically. That's one sign times have changed--what isn't recorded electronically today? With that, LD+A dusted off the magic wand and placed a new group of lighting kings and queens atop the throne. Their modern commandments follow.

Greg Murphy, ABB Lighting, Inc.


I would raise the minimum standard for indoor lighting to be "Human Centric Healthy Lighting" so that indoor lighting always mimics the natural sun and sky. The medical data is overwhelming-lighting can have a positive impact on our mental and physical health. We have been expecting LED luminaires to do more than other light sources and they can. The cost is higher which yields a slightly longer ROI ... big deal! We spend billions on energy savings with LED. For a slightly longer return, though, we can make indoor lighting healthy in our schools, our workplace and everywhere else we spend long periods of time indoors.

Theo Richardson, Rich Brilliant Willing


I'd focus our collective brain trust on users. We might then overcome some all-too-common problems: lack of standardization from terminology to infrastructure, overly complicated products and (especially) controls, unnecessary and messy margin structures and finally, a lot of products that serve the interest of groups other than those who will experience light. What's more important than delivering the best experience to our user?

Amy Nelson, Metropolitan Museum of Art


Lighting designers should reconsider the form light takes. As technology advances, there is freedom to approach design in a new way; we no longer need to be restricted to standard lamp types. That being said, lighting designers need to enter the design phase earlier. We must work as partners in the developing stages and alongside the architect, exhibition designer or interior designer. Lighting can and should be integral to its environment.

Susie Minton, DMF Lighting


I would restore beautiful, simple light control to the empire! We have abundant digital lighting and control options today but too few elegant results from our farms to palaces. Under my reign, lighting and control manufacturers, along with designers and technologists, would work together to define simple, open and fully integrated solutions. These seamless lighting networks would ensure beautiful, flexible and efficient lighting each and every time ... for all applications and price points ... throughout our kingdom today and into the next monarchy.

Robert Sonneman, SONNNEMAN--A Way of Light


I would not change anything. I have come to understand that science and technology are enablers of art and design, and am compelled now more than ever by the possibilities of what's next. LED technology has allowed us to completely reimagine the forms, scale and application of luminaires. We are only at the beginning of electronic illumination becoming an infinitely diverse medium for innovation and change.

Jennifer Concepcion, USAI Lighting


I would extinguish our convention of using the same old metrics to describe every single lighting solution. Illuminance and CRI don't tell us what we need to know--and if language influences thought, then we have to change the words we use to describe light. We could evaluate lighting in terms of the qualities that are most relevant to the effect desired for each specific project. New and different criteria--such as brightness, circadian stimulation, discomfort glare, dynamic properties, movement and color saturation--are often much more useful in telling us how well the lighting achieves our goals in a certain context.

Gary Trott, Cree, Inc.


I would ruthlessly lead the elimination of bad lighting. I would start by requiring exceptional color quality for all indoor light sources. I would create a new metric since the Industry has been unable to agree on one--all light sources must be approved by me! People and interiors will look better when light sources with fluorescent-era color rendering indexes in the 70s and 80s are gone. Outside, I would banish the barn light and any other luminaire that delivers light 90 degrees above nadir. Finally, I would ban engineers from exclusively designing the user experience for intelligent lighting and also hire "user experience specialists." This will ensure simple and intuitive design and installation.

Paulette R. Hebert, Oklahoma State University


I would ensure that all colleges and universities seeking to offer excellent lighting programs were provided with generously-sized, dedicated, lighting laboratories to enhance teaching and research efforts. These state-of-the-art labs would offer a wide assortment of high-quality luminaires with easily changeable accessories and lighting controls, all of which would be updated on a regular schedule. Fully-loaded computers, virtual reality pods, equipment and meters of all sorts would enable a plethora of lighting measurements, calculations and simulations. The labs would be staffed with full-time teaching assistants, research assistants, tech support and maintenance staff.

What Hebert wished for in 2006

I would arrange for lighting education for all "do-it-yourselfers." They would be required to enroll in a free lighting workshop before purchasing any exterior lighting fixtures. Home improvement stores would be required to periodically host these lighting seminars. Qualified lighting professionals and educators would be the paid instructors. The lighting workshop would cover sustainability, security, safety, aesthetic, biological and light pollution concerns.
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Title Annotation:ROUNDTABLE
Author:Schwirck, Samantha
Publication:LD+A Magazine
Date:Aug 1, 2016
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